Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There are many experiences, both within and outside the university, for students interested in doing research in mathematics.  

At Miami, the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) offers several research programs for undergraduates, including FYRE (First Year Research Experience) the Undergraduate Research Award Program (an academic year research experience), and the Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program (a summer research experience). All of these programs are competitive, and are open to students in all fields. There are also several undergraduate research fairs at which students can present the results of their findings.

Since 1999, the Department of Mathematics has hosted the SUMSRI program, a seven-week research experience for undergraduates.  The program, which has been sponsored in various years by the NSA, the NSF, and Miami University, is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent resident undergraduates.

There are also many REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) sites at various universities across the nation. These are usually summer programs which offer students the chance to do research in mathematics with a faculty member (perhaps also with other students), along with room and board and a stipend for the duration of the program. Most REU programs are quite competitive and target students who have had some experience doing proofs; typically these students have just completed their sophomore or junior year of college.  Participating in an REU is an excellent way to gain exposure to research in mathematics.  Graduate programs, in particular Ph.D. programs, tend to look favorably on students who have successfully completed an undergraduate research experience.

The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of REU programs in Mathematics.